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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_dippert View Post
    Somebody earlier said they got vertigo from a reverse squeeze. Would this be possible to get in an 8ft pool? I have pretty bad congestion due to allergies. During my OW class, I was kneeling on the bottom of the pool (head was probably around 5ft max), we did our ascent skills and when I got to the surface I had extreme tunnel vision and dizziness. It lasted about 5 seconds (seemed like forever though). On later (slower) ascents, I could hear my ears equalizing. At the time I figured it was a minor reverse squeeze due to swollen nasal passages, but in less than 8 ft of water?
    Yes, absolutely, this is possible, and given what you describe, you're probably right about what happened. You will want to develop some strategy for dealing with this--different people have different preferences. I also have allergic congestion, and I use long-acting decongestants on every dive day to facilitate equalization (and even on non-diving days like today when I wake up congested).

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    I've only had vertigo as a teen. Lets just say that Jose Cuervo and I got in a fight....and I lost.

    So, I can only imagine how incredibly bad that must feel while diving. Add to that the potential for in-retractable vomiting and then you might be in a serious world of trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathauck0814 View Post
    I don't know about vertigo, but if you can't hug yourself you can't very well expect anyone else to...
    Ha ha ha. Confidence is key!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quero View Post
    Yes, absolutely, this is possible, and given what you describe, you're probably right about what happened. You will want to develop some strategy for dealing with this--different people have different preferences. I also have allergic congestion, and I use long-acting decongestants on every dive day to facilitate equalization (and even on non-diving days like today when I wake up congested).
    I have an doc appointment for next Friday. I'm going to get an RX for Flonase (sp?). I'm not sure, but I think it's some kind of steroid. It takes about a week of prescribed use to build up and have a noticeable effect for me. After that, just 2 squirts each nostril in the morning and you're good to go.

    My fiance and I are doing our checkout dives in Coz next month. I'd hate to get vertigo every dive.

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    I've experienced vertigo a couple of times on dives. Only on ascent while wearing a hood. I had a couple of theories, but wondering if you guys have any thoughts.

    I called a dive last Sunday because I experienced vertigo while loading my gear on the boat.

    Talked to my Doc and he attributed it to a few things....not the least of which were my Friday and Saturday recreational activities.

    As for hugging yourself. I read an artical about 10 or 12 years ago in I believe the old Petersen mag that if a diver is feeling anxiety or detecting the onset of panic, he and his buddy should hug each other. If diving solo, the artical stated the diver should hug himself.

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    Ya know, it just occurred to me that in the tv version of the film Good Fellas or Casino, Joe Pesci says "Go hug your mother".
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